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“Gov. Ramsey,” “Our Country–Its Future” and “Two More Regiments,” Northfield Telegraph – September 25, 1861

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

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“Army Correspondence,” Stillwater Messenger – September 24, 1861

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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Brigadier general’s document case

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Brigadier general's document case

Document case used during the Civil War by Lewis A. Grant, Colonel of the 5th Vermont Infantry.  Grant was later appointed brigadier general of volunteers and eventually served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of War under President Benjamin Harrison.  The tinned iron case has a friction fit cap and has been japanned a blackish red.  It is lettered in gold with the words,  “Commission of / Lewis A. Grant / Brigadier General / of Volunteers.”

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Letter from acting secretary of war requesting that troops not be given gray uniforms as that is the color of the enemy – September 23, 1861

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Letter from the acting Secretary of War to Governor Ramsey.

“Sir: This Department respectfully requests, that no troops, hereafter, furnished by your State for the service of the Government, be uniformed in grey, that being the color generally worn by the enemy.  The blue uniform adopted for the army of the United States is recommended, as readily distinguishable from that of the enemy.
I have the honor to be Very Respectfully Thomas A. Scott Act. Sec. of War”

Citation: September 23, 1861 Letter from the acting Secretary of War, Letters Received–War Department. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Thermo-fax duplicating machine

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Thermo-fax duplicating machine

Thermo-Fax brand duplicating machine (model #12, Serial #103) used at the University of Minnesota from 1951-64.  It was the first single-step dry process copying machine used in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Carl S. Miller invented the original dry copying process while working at the 3M Company in the late 1940s.  The duplicator has a hinged lid with a handle, under which the documents to be copied were placed; four document trays; a panel with on-off switch, button, and dark-light dial; and storage space underneath.

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“Two Thousand Men Wanted—How They May Be Raised” and “Captain B. B. Howard,” Saint Paul Daily Press – September 22, 1861

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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Satin and brocade dress

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Satin and brocade dress, front Satin and brocade dress, back

Two-piece brown dress, circa 1880.  The silk velvet brocade bodice has long, fitted sleeves, a one-inch standing collar and front closure with 19 metal buttons. The satin outer skirt is trimmed with three vertical strips of two-inch brown satin ribbon, two strips of wool braid and brown velvet.  The underskirt is of brown polished cotton with a silk satin edge, also finished with velvet.  The gathered waist has a single back hook-and-eye closure.

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“Payments of Accounts for Recruiting Expenses,” “Gen. Gorman Not to Blame,” and “Local Affairs,” Saint Paul Daily Press – September 21, 1861

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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August Schell Firebrick beer bottle

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Schell beer bottle

Bottle of August Schell Firebrick beer. Schell, founder of New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing Company, died 120 years ago today on September 20, 1891. Born in Germany in 1828, he emigrated to Minnesota in 1856 and founded a small brewery on the banks of the Cottonwood River. The brewery is still run by members of the Schell family and is the second-oldest in the nation.

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Letter regarding the adoption of a “medical examination for military service” – September 20, 1861

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Letter from the General Secretary of the Sanitary Commission to Governor Ramsey.

“Sanitary Commission, Washington, D.C., Treasury Building, Sep. 20th, 1861.
To His Excellency, Alexander Ramsey, Governor of Minnesota, Sir, At a session of the Sanitary Commission, held on Thursday, Sept. 12th, 1861, it was Resolved:
“That the Sanitary Commission urge the adoption, on the part of several Legislatures, of a Uniform System of Medical Examination for Military Service.”
“And that a Copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governors of the several Loyal States”.
I have the honor to be, Sir, Your Excellency’s Obedient Servant […] Gen’l Sec’y.”

Citation: September 20, 1861 Letter from the General Secretary of the Sanitary Commission, Letters Received–Other Higher Commands. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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